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By Jacqueline Beauchere, director, Trustworthy Computing
This year was an exciting one for online safety at Microsoft. We continued our long-standing commitment to individuals and families by offering tools and guidance they need online – everything from new products such as Windows 8 with enhanced parental controls; to our continued collaboration with groups like the Family Online Safety Institute and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). We acknowledged support of The United States’ and the European Union’s Joint Declaration to help reduce the risks and maximize the Internet’s benefits for young people. The increased focus on global online safety led to my appointment as Microsoft’s first Chief Safety Officer, a role that I will formally assume in March 2013.
So, it’s fitting that to cap 2012, we are releasing our first “Year in Online Safety” report, a 10-page paper that describes our initiatives, projects, and programs that help create safer, more trusted computing experiences. We’ve also highlighted what we think are some of the most important trends in online safety, and where they may be headed next year. These include:
Looking across these trends, I see reason for optimism. There is still, however, much to be done. Microsoft will continue to collaborate with advocates, others in industry, governments, and law enforcement agencies worldwide to help develop solutions and promote effective public policies that help protect people online.
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Listen to what some of our partners and other online safety advocates are saying about online safety trends.